Our future presidential hopeful, Kanye West, has received a glowing review for his community service in his paparazzi battery case against Daniel Ramos.
The rapper-fashionisto reportedly completed more than his required number of community hours (a total of 262 when only 250 were required) at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He worked with the students in the fashion design program there by teaching a fashion class, and even gave the graduation speech to the class of 2015 in May.
West’s lawyer appeared in court on Tuesday (Sept. 15) where he submitted a letter from the Dean of the college praising Yeezus. According to TMZ, it read in part, “The contribution of the hands-on community service Mr. West has completed with our school has been of great benefit to our students and program.”
West had an altercation with Ramos at LAX in the summer of 2013. After pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery in March 2014, he was sentenced to 250 hours of community service, anger management therapy, and 24 months of probation.
His settlement agreement was also said to include an apology from West, but it’s unknown if there was any monetary exchange. He’s still in the middle of completing 24 months of informal probation, so if he doesn’t violate his probation during this time, his conviction will probably be erased from his record.
In other Kanye-related news, he will unveil his second Yeezy collection today at noon EST at the Skylight Modern in New York. His new collection is said to be independent of his partnership with adidas Originals, meaning adidas won’t be involved in the manufacturing part of the clothing. Sources say while the reason for the change isn’t exactly known, some speculate that Kanye wanted to make the line more affordable, and the season one prices are much more high-end.
Season 1 of his Yeezy collection is expected to hit stores next month.
Unsurprisingly, his NYFW show has already angered some people. West’s show is completely last minute, meaning that other designers who originally planned to have their fashion show at noon today – the time of Yeezy – will perhaps receive less exposure, since people will undeniably opt to attend West’s show over theirs.
Ann Bowen, who originally planned to launch her streetwear collection Nomad VII today, told Women’s Wear Daily:
We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor- and commitment-cost to our company. Our show date has been scheduled for months and has been on the Fashion Calendar for weeks. We went through all the proper channels to make this a reality.
Kanye knows he is a media sensation and it is just not ethical to do this. It’s like we are David and he is Goliath. We have put our heart and soul into our show, and should not be stepped on like this.
Because of West’s impromptu show, Bowen moved her show to Thursday and filed a complaint with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Calendar.